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one of the interesting things to note is the collaborative came apart from the meetings and get togethers. this is important for stake holders and it works. >> i have a few housekeeping measures. i want everybody to take notice to the emergency exits. we are asking that everybody please sit down if you can because you would be blocking the emergency exit. men's room is on the first floor. it's closed on this floor. we are asking that everybody including our panelist to remember turn off your black
berries, pagers and phones. at this time, i am very honored and proud to introduce jeff adachi. >> thank you very much. and welcome to the 5th annual public defender's juvenile summit. i was thinking this morning. 5 years. maybe we will not need this because we will have justice for youth. until that time, we will continue to meet and talk and create action. this is the theme of today's summit. creating an action plan that will result in the changes that we're talking about today and
the innovations we are talking about today. over the fast 5 years we have the talked about the magic programs. community based organizations was a result of the first juvenile summit 5 years ago. we have also taken up the deplorable conditions that resulted in the moratorium and i am proud to say, for example over the last year, none of our youth have been transferred to the california youth authority. but we have to remember the fight still continues. they are still incarcerating youth at a cost of $230,000 per
youth. you could send a youth to 3 years in law school in stan ford and yale. beyond that, every year we have looked to issues of critical importance. not only locally but throughout the nation. 2 years ago, we looked at undocumented youths particularly those from honduras and other countries where a hostile relationship were being deportd and sent back without parental support. so this year, we focus on the problems of guns and violence in our schools. both to and from schools and at schools. we raise this not as an insend
iary issue. but as the headlines read and give the impression that youth themselves are to blame for these incidents that we often hear about involving guns and gun violence. but to recognize as a society, we have done little to decrease the proliferation of guns on our streets. we have done little. it's just like the war to drugs. you know, it seems almost strange toous those words since it's been such a failure. but the same thing we've seen with guns. particularly those of you who work with youth and in the
communities, which are plagued by violence and war fare. what we're seeing is a reflection of what we're seeing in many poverty stricken communities across the country. there are an obligation of those who lead our schools, who and transportation and we cannot ignore the realities of the street, of the community and families. many of the issues that our young people are struggling with each and every day. we are going to be presenting some very, i think, helpful important information. we start with the facts about what we're seeing in san
francisco. we're focuses not only on individuals who are allegeed to have pertraited violence. but who are victimized. we use those words as being 2 polarized entities. many of those are perpetrators themselves. some of the surveys we have done at the youth guidance center. 77 percent believed a gun was necessary for their own protection. that says a lot about our society that a young purpose would feel compelled to carry a gun. to many people they would think of that as outrageous. there was an incident reported
by joe tucker about a first grader who had a gun and brought it to school. we have to question how does that happen? what is the thinking, and again you're talking about a first grader. and what can we do as youth workers? as educators? as parents. as teachers to help insure that our youth don't grow up in a world where that type of behavior becomes the norm. we have an incredible, incredible array of speakers here today. by speakers, i mean individuals who have come here to share their experiences. i want to emphasize this is
about community participation. what that means, community participation, all of you as exerts in what you do in your work working with our young people need to have a voice. so we will have questions, but more importantly solutions is what we're asking for. not speaking but solutions. we're also broadcasting this about 12 times over the next 6 months. so those of you in our viewing audience who would like to participate in the action plan, it simply send an email to us. go to www.dot sfdefender.org. it's also available online. you can submit your action ideas. i promise you, we will look at every action item.
we will not be able to cover everyone's ideas today and incorporate these. again it's www.dot sfpublic defender.org. i also want to emphasize. we have learned it's important and critical to hear from our youth. you will hear from youth panelists on every panel. their input is valuable. and critical to this process because one thing that we've learned. this is not about adults telling young people how to act. this is about, i'm old. but older people listening to
younger people to achieve their dreams. that's why we are here today. a summit would not be possible without the support of so many. i would like to acknowledge a number of individuals who made this believe. ilona sullivan. larry roberts. kathy asadda. all of the volunteers. michael freed man from sf govtv. our city library. our sponors. kecker and argu edez.
i also want to give a special thanks from anderson and anderson counseling. if you have ever seen the movie anner management, george was the consultant on that movie. he is an expert in conflict mediation. i want to thank george as well. i am so very honored to introduce our key-note speaker this morning. doctor francisco revelez. and mta director annette ford all were people who were self
made, are self made. doctor revelez was born in el paso. he labeled as a migrant worker. he also served as a division one principle with credentials in biology and chemistry. how did he get from biology and chemistry? today he is a senior faculty member at california university and he has dedicated his entire career to get out of survivor mode to empowerment mode. he believes that when young people are made to feel successful, they are better able to take a stand and feel
children are here. daniel and elma and his daughter in law and megan m burns and suggested we contact him. we are so happy to have you here and look forward to hearing your address. >> good morning ladies and gentlemen. you know i got to share this with you. i know how to drive a tractor. don't forget what you come from.
culture cures. it's like coming back to our mom. i want to first and formost jeff adachi, thank you for the opportunity. patty lee. and sury to all the students. can i see the hands of the high school students? you know what i like about that? mihose means my children. look where you are sitting. in the front. i did a presentation for 2 thousand students and they were 25 hundred chairs. where do you think they sat? it breaks my heart. they sat in the back. i had all the ushers remove the first 5 hundred chairs and we started getting closer.
how does it feel to be in the front? if you see yourself at second best, how do you think people are going to treat you? when you sit in the back. who sits with you? your a little brothers, sisters. now growing up in texas. i can't tell you how many times they were making fun of me. i am going to share and comments. thank you for letting me be here. by the way also, my children are here. thank you. actually, they make me feel very nervous. there's a saying in latino culture. foreign language. it means men should be ugly and strong. i am ugly.
i can do 50 pull ups. comes from being a field worker and certainly i come here in a respectful way. this is a beautiful gathering. can i have you do one thing for me. could you turn to the person next to you. i don't want this to be a southwest airline flight. we are in lafamillia. >> excellent. excellent. there you go. now i know some of you. i saw some telephone numbers being traded here. it is what it is. seriously. whenever i go, i want to be apart of famillia.
if i speak in spanish. i am speaking in all languages all. if you don't understand, please translate. how many of you saw that movie, a few good men? remember that movie? there was a pivotal moment. i want the truth. do you remember the response? that's right. tom, you can't handle the truth. many times we have to think about strategically. it's about more than that. i have done work at chad. a lock down facility. we are approaching young men they are incarcerated than attend the csu colleges. we become the keepers of the
cages. very serious statistic. as an educator. i came out on a radio show not too long ago. an interviewer kept insisting being part of a gang like al-qaeda. that dehumanizes. i have spoken to so many of these students. when he shared that with me. i said, i refuse to go there. it perpet utes that paradigm. our paradigm changes ladies and gentlemen. what i would like to do is this. i want to pull the lens back to use that metaphor. what's feeding that monster.
to think strategically. if anything, if you leave here today, you will leave with my accent. one last thing. i do speak to children an awful lot. i have a doctorate. education has meant more for me. i am under no illusion. i also know that having a doctorate doesn't confir wisdom. when people made fun of me. i remember me mom coming home. foreign long speaking. >> we had beans at breakfast, lunch and dinner. bean pudding. i stop counting them after a
while. we even had american cuisine. we made rainbow bread. you remember that. i speak to children and listen to them. it's beautiful to hear you, mr. adachi, say that. probably because of this, more one saying how is that. the only people who speak the truth are children and people who have had too much to drink. that's called wisdom. you think about it. i am going to share one more thing. i will speak briefly on the concepts of that. if i asked you right now, ladies and gentlemen, how many of you would have considered yourself at risk? could you raise your hands. and there was probably a lot of
pain with that, huh. in the book i wrote. i interviewed 60 role models and all of them were at risk astronauts. it made us who we are. i have scars. i have a doctorate, but also scars. wisdom comes from making mistakes. i have made a lot of mistakes ladies and gentlemen. i am going to speak about collaboration. i am going to talk about the role of expectations. i will speak to the value of hope. because when you're in an ugly situation. hope means so much. it's a global concept. in the research i do with
resilience of children. close your eyes. bear with me. go ahead and hope them. i am not going to take you through a visiblization. i charge for that. some of you did not close your eyes. you looked at the other people closing their eyes. i asked students why? because i don't trust people around me. there are islands when children run to the nearest adult. if i am not dressed like this. i am dressed like i do at home. that guy must be a gangster. when i speak about at riskness, i asked this gentlemen, a
school administrate or. what makes a student at risk? we talked about gangs. we treat the symptoms. it's the symptoms we're treating. that's just an expression of other forms of repression. teen pregnancy and drug abuse. i said, what's going on? well they speak a different language in the home. it's a disconnect. they don't have enough money. i knew he had money because he always picked up the tab. he drove a nice car. i happened to have a hood accept and am proud of it. people distinguish between accents. i have spoken to students about that. are you at risk? no. i like jewelry too.
what if i took your jewelry and i dropped you right in the middle. in a really high crime area. would you be at risk? sometimes we attribute at risk to perform characteristics. sometimes the environment. we adjust. growing up. i needed to leave the environment. i am talking straight up. to survive, i grew up on the streets. the word i did at chad. the number one book that's popular, what book do you think it is? i hear the bible. beautiful. what is it? i have heard that one too. you know what it is? it's called the art of
seduction. the first section is called choose a victim. what has happened is this. as an educator. someone who works with gang units. we created oxymorons. we created good people who i think it's good to be bad. we teach them them that passing the standard is success. there is a difference. 3 words they taught me. do you think what 3 words. this is from their world, at riskness. you know what the 3 most powerful words are? i tend to think in love, faith. you know what they said? hate, jealousy and revenge.
i am listening to that. i said, we need to go beyond that. what do you think strategically. i still remember. i went to a debut taunt ball. vice president of the university, and they were talking and then she looked at me and i was dressed in a suit. she looked at me with respect and she jumped. what did she do? she grabbed her earings, ladies and gentlemen. because i don't know. i think she has never seen a latino closeup and my cilantro cologne. i mean no disrespect.